Minister stresses on cybersecurity collaboration in Singapore meet

Azlan Othman

Minister of Transport and Infocommuni-cations Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof, who is also the Minister-in-Charge of Cybersecurity in Brunei Darussalam, attended the Singapore International Cyber Week (SICW) 2019 in Singapore from October 1 until yesterday.

The minister headed a delegation comprising senior officials from the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC), Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darus-salam (AITI) and IT Protective Security Services Sdn Bhd (ITPSS).

SICW 2019 was opened by Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security of the Republic of Singapore Teo Chee Hean, whose opening remarks emphasised the importance of addressing and mitigating cyber threats through international partnerships, regional collaboration as well as domestic engagements.

Panel sessions were held following the Opening Plenary of SICW 2019. Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib participated as a panel speaker in Session 1 on ‘Securing the Smart Digital Future’, alongside his counterpart from Malaysia and speakers from France, the United Kingdom and the United States.

In the panel discussion, the minister shared Brunei Darussalam’s perspective on the challenges in securing the smart digital future, as well as his thoughts in facing and addressing key challenges of cybersecurity, including the need to set policy ownership, identify the Critical Information Infrastructures (CII), adhering to the standards and procedures at times of cyber attacks and to develop further on capacity-building, especially to nurture the growth of more cybersecurity professionals.

The minister also emphasised the importance of collaboration at national, regional and international levels.

The ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Cybersecurity 2019 (AMCC) was also held as part of SICW 2019. The AMCC is an annual Ministerial-level dialogue for ASEAN ICT and Cybersecurity Ministers to discuss key cybersecurity issues and facilitate greater cyber cooperation among ASEAN member states.

At the sidelines of the AMCC, Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib also held informal meetings with his counterparts from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand to exchange views on Digital Economy, cybersecurity policy and law, 5G pilot projects and smart nation initiatives. The informal meetings also discussed on initiatives to strengthen the bilateral relations in the field of infocommunications and cybersecurity with the respective countries. The Singapore International Cyber Week is an annual event organised by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore. With the theme ‘Partnerships for Trust and Confidence’, SICW 2019 is held to provide an integrated platform for international and regional policymakers, business leaders, industry experts and academia to engage in dialogues and knowledge on a trusted and secure cyberspace.

Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof, who is also the Minister-in-Charge of Cybersecurity in Brunei Darussalam, in a group photo at the Singapore International Cyber Week 2019